Milwaukee is one of the slowest-growing large cities in the nation, according to a new ranking

Sarah Hauer
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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For file if needed. -  Milwaukee skyline and the Milwaukee river. Downtown city. Monday, June 4, 2018.  -  Photo by Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee is one of the slowest-growing large cities in the U.S., according to a new ranking from personal finance website WalletHub. 

Milwaukee landed as the sixth slowest-growing large city in the ranking that looked at data from the last seven years.

The ranking was made using 15 metrics such as population growth, job growth, median household income growth and an increase in the number of businesses. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Bureau of Economic Analysis was used.

Milwaukee growth ranked the lowest for median house price, general population, number of businesses and working-age population.

The slowest-growing large city in the country was Cleveland. Milwaukee also grew faster, according to the ranking, than Tulsa, Oklahoma; Baltimore; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Memphis, Tennessee.

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The fastest-growing large city is Austin, Texas, according to WalletHub. Large cities were defined as those with populations greater than 300,000 people. Of the 515 cities included in the ranking, 66 were large cities.

Wisconsin medium and small cities also ranked as slow growing. 

In the medium city category, Madison (123) and Green Bay (198) fell toward the bottom of the 249 fastest-growing cities. All five Wisconsin cities in the small category ranked in the bottom half of 200 cities. Appleton ranked the highest at 102, followed by Eau Claire (112), Waukesha (120), Kenosha (155) and Racine (185). 

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